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by Reto Stockli, NASA Earth Observatory
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These data represent the elevation of the Earth's land surface in meters, relative to sea level. Positive values are height above sea level, negative values below sea level. The data are formatted as a single-channel 16-bit integer (two byte, long) signed raw binary file, with big-endian byte order and no header. Dimensions are 86400 columns (width, x) by 43200 lines (height, y).The coordinates of the upper-left hand corner of the first pixel is 180 degrees West, 90 degrees North. Grid spacing...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8391
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by Astronaut photograph was taken on January 26, 2004, using a Kodak digital camera with a 400 mm lens, and was provided by Julie Robinson, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory (Lockheed Martin), Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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This international image of the El Paso-Juárez area on the U.S.-Mexico border is the <a href="http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/news/releases/2004/J04-006.html"><strong>100,000th</strong> photograph of Earth</a> that astronauts have taken from the International Space Station. It was taken on January 26, 2004, by Expedition 8 crewmembers.The Rio Grande can be seen meandering through the area, forming the boundary between the sister cities...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Sun, What -- Earth, Where -- Texas
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16721
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by Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Texas A&M/Cornell
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On May 19th, 2005, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view of the Sun sinking below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover’s 489th Martian day, or sol. Spirit was commanded to stay awake briefly after sending that sol’s data to the Mars Odyssey orbiter just before sunset. This small panorama of the western sky was obtained using Pancam’s 750-nanometer, 530-nanometer and...
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Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Sun, What -- Crater, What -- Mars,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17213
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by Astronaut photograph was taken August 18, 2003 with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800mm lens and provided by Cynthia A. Evans (Lockheed Martin / Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center). The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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high resolution 1000 pixel-wide image (650 kB JPEG) All astronauts are interested in observing unique human footprints from space, and especially those reflecting thousands of years of human activities. The region of the Great Pyramids of Giza—the last remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—is a favorite target. Although the pyramids have been imaged many times before by astronauts (for example: Space Station View of the Pyramids at Giza) , each new image provides a...
Topics: What -- Sphinx, What -- Sun, Where -- Cairo, Where -- Egypt
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16566
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by Image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC
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This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth. The image is a combination of data from two satellites. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" TARGET="outlink">Terra</a> satellite collected the land surface data over 16 days, while NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Environmental Satellite, What -- Snapshot
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15529
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by NASA images produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC).
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An Egyptian ferry carrying more than 1,300 people sank on February 2, 2006, in the northern Red Sea as strong storms swept across the region. While the exact cause of the disaster was not certain, the most likely reason was bad weather and high seas. At the time of the incident, a potent storm was advancing eastward over Egpyt and the western Mediterranean Sea. Out ahead of this advancing storm, strong southerly winds drew warm moist air up from the south. These conditions favour the...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, Where -- Red Sea, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20467
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Tucked deep in the Cambodian rainforest, the ancient Angkor Wat temple is considered one of the most valuable architectural sites in Asia. Angkor Wat is the pinnacle of the city of Angkor, capital of the once-powerful Khmer Empire of Southeast Asia. The temple was built by Suryavarman II between 1113 and 1150 AD. Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat is a representation of Mount Meru, home of the gods and the center of the Hindu universe. In addition to its unique pyramid temple...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17041
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Silver and blue waters surround Greece in this true-color image acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on August 19, 2004. This year, Athens is host to the 2004 Olympic Games, which first started in Greece over 2,800 years ago (in...
Topics: Where -- Greece, Where -- Athens, Where -- Olympia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6593
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired in July of 1969 with a Hasselblad film camera. The image is provided by the Earth Observations and Image Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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The Moon (or ‘Luna’ in Latin) has occupied a prominent place in myth and folklore throughout human history. In the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere, the day-to-day change in the time of moonrise is smallest in the months surrounding the fall equinox. This consistency is due to the small angle between the horizon and the ecliptic (the apparent sky path traveled by both the Moon and the Sun) at this time of year. The bright, full disk of Luna provides enough dependable light in the...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Sun, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Earth
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16959
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by Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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This SeaWiFS image looks rather dark around Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands and has a bright bloom south of the Falklands. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 2/23/99.
Topic: Where -- Falkland Islands
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1281
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer </a> (MODIS) images from January 13, 2003, features the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent in southern Iraq and Iran. The Fertile Crescent lies between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers. At the top of The Persian Gulf (bottom right), where Kuwait (west of the Gulf), Iraq, and Iran meet, the two rivers join before...
Topics: Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Kuwait
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4986
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This is a false-color radar image of Central Africa, showing the Virunga Volcano chain along the borders of Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda. This area is home to the endangered mountain gorillas. <br/><br/> This C- and L-band image was acquired on April 12, 1994, on orbit 58 of space shuttle Endeavour by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR). The area is centered at about 1.75 degrees south latitude and 29.5 degrees east longitude. The...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=539
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by Astronaut photograph was taken July 27, 2003, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, Alexandria became a center of trade and learning in the ancient world. Alexander built the causeway between the Eastern and Western Harbors, joining Pharos Island (arrow) to the mainland. Alexandria’s cultural status was symbolized by the lighthouse on Pharos, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” The causeway is still known as the old part of the modern city. Since the year 2000, underwater archeologists...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Egypt
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16833
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired March 19, 2000, with a Kodak 760C digital camera with a 400 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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The city of Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia (after Riyadh), and is the country’s most important Red Sea port. A large warehouse and dock complex is visible in the lower left portion of this astronaut photograph. Apart from being a major port for exchange of goods with Africa and Europe, Jeddah is of great importance for Islamic pilgrims going east to Mecca (a religious journey known as the hajj). Tradition also places the final resting place of the Biblical Eve in Jeddah,...
Topics: Where -- Saudi Arabia, Where -- Riyadh, Where -- Red Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17246
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by Image courtesy science team.
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This April 7, 2000 image of Istanbul, Turkey shows a 21 by 24 km Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sub-scene in the visible and infrared channels. Vegetation appears red, and urban areas blue-green. Bustling Istanbul, with its magnificent historical heritage, has spanned the divide between Europe and Asia for more than 2,500 years. Originally called Byzantium, the city was founded in the 7th century BC on the Golden Horn, an arm of the narrow Bosporus...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15515
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Nestled between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans is a city known for its distinctive cuisine, multicultural heritage, and revolutionary music. The city was established by French fur traders in 1718 along a Native American trade route. It was ceded to the Spanish in 1763 before being sold to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Today, New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana. At the heart of the city is the colonial French Quarter, where most...
Topics: Where -- Mississippi, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Louisiana, Where -- Jackson
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17163
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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This false-color satellite image shows greater New York City. The Island of Manhattan is jutting southward from top center, bordered by the Hudson River to the west and the East River to the east. (North is straight up in this scene.) In the middle of Manhattan, Central Park appears as a long green rectangle running roughly north-south with a large lake in the middle. Also visible are parts of Staten Island (bottom left corner) and Long Island (lower right).The area shown is as rich in history...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16532
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by Astronaut photograph was taken April 16, 2004, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 200-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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This metropolis of 15 million people occupies both sides of the entrance to the narrow, 20-mile long Bosporus Strait connecting the Mediterranean and Sea of Marmara (south) to the Black Sea (north). From its founding as Byzantium by the Greeks in 600 B.C., this strategically located city has been a focus of maritime trade and commerce as well as an outpost and threshold for cultural exchange and conflict between Europe and Asia. The modern city’s layout and architecture show the influences of...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Istanbul, Where -- Turkey
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16812
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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Inhabited since medieval times, the city of Berlin grew up out of settlements along the Spree River in a region of Europe long known as “the Mark of Brandenburg.” From its first recorded settlements in 1237, Berlin has grown into the capital and biggest city of Germany. It has a population of about 3.5 million and extends over 889 square kilometers. The Spree River runs horizontally through the center part of the scene. To the left of center, on the south side of the Spree, is the city’s...
Topics: What -- ASTER, Where -- Berlin, Where -- Germany
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16690
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/JPL,
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High resolution <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/misr_himalaya_nadir.jpg">true-color image</a> <br/>High resolution <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/misr_himalaya_anaglyph.jpg">anaglyph</a>The Tibetan Plateau and a portion of the Himalayan Mountain chain are captured in this Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) true-color and stereo images from May 14, 2000. The upper image is composed of...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- STEREO, What -- Earth, What -- Sun, Where -- Nepal
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15646
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by Image courtesy Ron Beck, Satellite Systems Branch
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Founded on seven hills along the banks of the Italy?s Tiber River, Rome has had a greater impact on the world than almost any other modern day city. Currently the capital of Italy, Rome holds about 2.7 million people and rests 12 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea halfway down Italy?s west coast. In the above image, the city appears as a grayish mass. The Tiber River wends its way down the center of the image and through the heart of Rome before flowing into the Mediterranean. The...
Topics: What -- Mars, What -- Rhea, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Rome, Where -- Italy, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16270
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer </a> (MODIS) images from January 13, 2003, features the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent in southern Iraq and Iran. The Fertile Crescent lies between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers. At the top of The Persian Gulf (bottom right), where Kuwait (west of the Gulf), Iraq, and Iran meet, the two rivers join before...
Topics: Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Kuwait
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4987
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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China, North Korea, and South Korea are all visible in this MODIS true-color image acquired March 11, 2002. Four fires can be seen burning in North and South Korea, and the smoke plume from the northernmost fire is visible even in the 1 km resolution. Dust is in the air over the coasts of North Korea and China, and the waters all along the coast of North and South Korea are tinted with brown swirls of sediment. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 3/11/02. Data End Date: 3/11/02.
Topics: Where -- China, Where -- Korea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3087
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These fire data show the number of one square kilometer points, in each half-degree pixel (each pixel is 2500 square kilometers at the equator), that are hot enough to contain a large fire. These data, averaged for each month, are used to monitor natural and man-made fires, which affect both forest ecosystems and global climate. (Data from Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer [AVHRR]). Sensor: NOAA-15 POES/AVHRR. Data Start Date: 4/1/92. Data End Date: 12/31/93.
Topic: What -- NOAA 15
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=7269
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by NASA image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Heavy snow fell over eastern South Africa and Lesotho during the final week of July 2004. As can be seen in the above <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image, acquired on July 29, by the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite, the snow extended much further than the peaks of the mountains where...
Topics: Where -- South Africa, Where -- Lesotho
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19444
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired March 13, 2003, with a Nikon D1 digital camera with an 800-mm lens and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Located on the highly populated Hawaiian island of Oahu just west of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor is the historic center of events on ‘the day that will live in infamy’—December 7, 1941—when the Japanese fleet launched a surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor and other strategic military targets on Oahu.Pearl Harbor is home base for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, controlled by the U.S. Navy. The larger Pearl Harbor Naval Complex (PHNC) is a large contributor to the island’s economy through jobs,...
Topics: Where -- Honolulu, Where -- Arizona, Where -- Hawaii
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16875
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This stereoscopic image pair is a perspective view that shows the western part of the city of Pasadena, California, looking north toward the San Gabriel Mountains. Portions of the cities of Altadena and La Canada Flintridge are also shown. The cluster of large buildings left of center, at the base of the mountains, is the Jet Propulsion Laborat ory. This image shows the power of combining data from different sources to create planning tools to study problems that affect large urban areas. In...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=347
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by Image courtesy NASA Johnson Space Center
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This classic photograph of the Earth was taken on December 7, 1972. The original caption is reprinted below:View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica south polar ice cap. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap. Note the heavy cloud cover in the Southern Hemisphere. Almost the entire coastline of Africa is clearly...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Apollo 17, What -- Moon, What -- Polar, Where -- Mediterranean Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1597
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Steeped in a 5,000-year history that encompasses Egyptian Pharaohs, ancient wonders, Roman Emperors, and bloody conquests, Cairo, Egypt, sits on the Nile River about a hundred miles south of the Mediterranean Sea. Cairo boasts a population of 16 million and covers an area of 214 square kilometers (82.6 square miles). The city appears as a large dark brown and purple mass in the center of the image. The bright green regions surrounding the city are farms along the fertile banks of the Nile,...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Landsat, Where -- Cairo, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Mediterranean Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16221
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by NASA image courtesy Lawrence Ong, EO-1 Mission Science Office, NASA GSFC
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Although the breaches in the levees that allowed water to flow into New Orleans have been sealed, the city is still buried under a deep blue blanket of water. The water has been standing over the city for more than a week, after it began pouring in on August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina battered the levees along the canals that run through the city from Lake Pontchartrain. The Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s EO-1 satellite acquired this detailed image of the flooded city on September 6,...
Topics: What -- Imager, What -- EO 1, Where -- Mississippi
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17299
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The islands of Japan are shown clearly off the coast of North and South Korea, China, and Russia in this true-color image. Running down through the islands are a string of mountains that make up part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” The Ring of Fire is a zone of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that stretches in a series of arcs from New Zealand, through Indonesia, up through the Philippines, Japan, the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia), across the Pacific Ocean via...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Japan, Where -- Korea, Where -- China, Where -- Russia, Where -- Pacific...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5319
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by Photograph was taken March 25, 2004, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800-mm lens, with information provided by Kamlesh P. Lulla, Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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With almost 23 million residents, Mumbai, India, is the second largest city in the world (only Tokyo, Japan, is larger than Mumbai). Rapid population growth in Mumbai is evident in this image from the International Space Station that shows several regions of the city with active land reclamation activities on its coasts, bays and hinterlands. Mumbai exemplifies the global urban growth and sprawl seen in recent years as human populations throughout the world continue to migrate to cities. The UN...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Mumbai, Where -- Tokyo, Where -- Japan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16805
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Along the northern coastline of Algeria, the rugged Atlas Mountains block moisture from the Mediterranean Sea (top) from reaching the interior Sahara Desert. South of the mountains, several impermanent salt lakes appear as grayish patches. Lines of sand dunes are visible in the high-resolution images, especially in the orange sands of the eastern Grand Erg Desert (right of center). This MODIS image was acquired on April 28, 2002. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 4/28/02.
Topics: What -- Atlas, Where -- Algeria, Where -- Mediterranean Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2800
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by NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC. The image is available in .
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Brilliant streaks of blue and duller swirls of green color the South Atlantic Ocean in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) image, taken on January 4, 2005, by NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite. The colors are a result of millions of microscopic plants growing near the surface of the water. Called phytoplankton, some varieties of...
Topics: Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Uruguay
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19790
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Against the barren desert of northeastern Africa, the fertile valley of the Nile River runs northward through Egypt. In the higher-resolution images, the city of Cairo can be seen as a gray smudge right where the river widens into its broad fan-shaped delta. Other cities are dotted across the green landscape, giving it a speckled appearance. Where the Nile empties into the Mediterranean Sea (top) the waters are swirling with color, likely a mixture of sediment, organic matter, and possibly...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Cairo, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Red Sea, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4927
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired March 4, 2006, with a Kodak 760C digital camera using an 800 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The image in this article has been cropped and contrast enhanced; lens artifacts have also been removed. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Newport, Rhode Island, is well known as a summer destination, but winter snow blankets the city of Newport in this astronaut photograph. One of the first European settlements in the Americas, the region was initially populated by <a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/studteaguide/RhodeIslandHistory/chapt2.html">colonists</a> seeking religious freedom denied them in Europe. Founded in 1639, Newport became a bastion of the Baptist faith but also exemplified...
Topics: Where -- Rhode Island, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Jamestown
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17505
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by Image courtesy Canadian Space Agency/NASA/Ohio State University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Alaska SAR facility
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This image shows the movement of the Lambert Glacier. The ice velocity vectors were obtained by using RADARSAT Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from the 2000 Antarctic Mapping Mission. Yellow represents the areas of no motion, which are either exposed land or stationary ice. The smaller confluent glaciers have generally low velocities, shown in green, of 100-300 meters (330-980 feet) per year, which gradually increase as they flow down the rapidly changing continental slope into the upper...
Topics: What -- Radarsat 1, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Columbus, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
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This is the first image of Earth ever taken from another planet that actually shows our home as a planetary disk. Because Earth and the Moon are closer to the Sun than Mars, they exhibit phases, just as the Moon, Venus, and Mercury do when viewed from Earth. As seen from Mars by the NASA Mars Global Surveyor on May 8, 2003, at 13:00 GMT (6:00 a.m. PDT), Earth and the Moon appeared in the evening sky. This Earth/Moon image has been specially processed to allow both Earth (with an apparent...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Sun, What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What --...
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NASA Images
by Astronaut photograph was taken with an Electronic Still Camera equipped with an 85 mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
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The Panama Canal is a 50-mile long engineering wonder connecting the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Completed by the United States in 1914, it runs southeastward from Colon, through the man-made Gatun Lake, to Panama City on the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Panama. The canal, a major artery of international shipping, uses a series of massive locks, manmade lakes, and water supplied by the copious tropical rainfall of the region to lift and lower transiting ships a height of 85 feet over...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Electronic Still Camera, Where -- Panama City,...
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<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans"><b>large images:</b> <br/><a href="http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/kathmandu_elevation_lrg.jpg">Elevation</a> (1.2 MB) <br/><a href="http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/kathmandu_reflectance_lrg.jpg">Radar Amplitude</a> (640...
Topics: What -- SRTM, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Kathmandu, Where -- Nepal
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Scientists use data from NASA’s Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) to measure the relative amount of aerosols—solid or liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere. Aerosol types detected by the TOMS Aerosol Index include desert dust, smoke and volcanic ash located at least 2 km (1.2 miles) above the surface.Every day, TOMS measures how much UV radiation is absorbed within the atmosphere and how much is reflected back up into space. These measures directly relate to how much aerosol is...
Topic: What -- Spectrometer
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NASA Images
by Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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A clear day provided SeaWiFS with this full view of Italy. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 6/23/99.
Topic: Where -- Italy
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by NASA JPL
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This is an image of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and its surroundings, centered at 51.17 north latitude and 30.15 east longitude. The image was acquired by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on its 16th orbit on October 1, 1994. The area is located on the northern border of the Ukraine Republic and was produced by using the L-band (horizontally transmitted and received) polarization. The differences in the intensity are due...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
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NASA Images
by Astronaut photograph was acquired June 12, 2004, with a Kodak K60C digital camera with a 400-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Athens, Greece, enjoys both historical and current significance on the world stage. The ancient city of Athens, considered to be the birthplace of many Western traditions in philosophy, the arts, and the scientific method, is located in the Central Plains region of Attica in eastern Greece. This astronaut photograph captures the western extent of the modern urban area. The large basin in which Athens is located was formed by faulting and has accumulated thick deposits of clays and alluvium....
Topics: Where -- Athens, Where -- Greece
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NASA Images
by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These images from the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) show the high, arid, Tibetan Plateau in Asia. Tibet lies north of the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal. The Plateau is dotted with a mixture of fresh and salt water lakes. For example, the two lakes in the left-center portion of the image near the Nepal-China border are fresh water, while the large lakes in the cluster...
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Topics: Where -- Nepal, Where -- China
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow dusts Poland and its neighbors in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from February 25, 2003. MODIS also detected a number of fires in the scene, all of which are marked in red. Countries shown are (clockwise from top left) Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Belarus, the Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 2/25/03. Data End Date: 2/25/03.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Poland, Where -- Denmark, Where -- Sweden, Where -- Lithuania, Where --...
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NASA Images
by Image courtesy Jesse Allen, NASA’s Earth Observatory, Goddard Space Flight Center
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On July 27, 1953, an armistice agreement brought fighting, though not the war itself, to an end in Korea. One legacy of that 50-year-old ceasefire has been the 250-km-long (148-mile) truce line bisecting the Korean Peninsula into northern and southern halves. The armistice provided for a 4-km-wide (2.5-mile) buffer zone running west to east roughly along the 38th parallel. This buffer zone contains river deltas and grasslands toward its western end, but is mostly mountainous terrain in the...
Topics: What -- Landsat, Where -- Korea, Where -- Seoul
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by Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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This may be SeaWiFS' last good view this year of the turbid waters of James Bay before they freeze over. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 12/2/99.
Topic: Where -- James Bay
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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This image of Scotland was acquired May 5, 2006 by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite. Scotland occupies the northern part of Great Britain and is about two-thirds the size of England and Wales. The river Tweed and the Cheviot Hills form Scotland’s southern border. Scotland is a small country, only 274 miles long, but the coastline is so jagged that it actually adds up to 2000 miles! Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 5/5/06.
Topic: What -- Aqua
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NASA Images
by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These true-color images of Indonesia were acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer in mid-May 2002. Fire season was not fully underway in the region, and skies over the large island of Borneo, with Malaysia at its northwest coast, are cloud-covered, but not hazy with air pollution. The horizontally situated island of java appears to be experiencing some haze at its western end, and a few scattered fires (red dots) were detected. These images were acquired on May 17 and 19,...
Topics: Where -- Indonesia, Where -- Malaysia
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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History permeates every corner of the magnificent city of Rome, Italy, famed as the Eternal City. Situated on seven hills along the Tiber River in central Italy—the site of settlements dating from 1500 BC—ancient Rome arose as a republic and a significant world force in the 6th century BC. The empire reached its zenith during the early 2nd century AD. The urban population swelled, aqueducts brought fresh water to the city, and a succession of emperors built splendid temples, forums, and...
Topics: What -- ASTER, Where -- Rome, Where -- Italy
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by Image courtesy Ron Beck, Satellite Systems Branch
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Bordered on its east side by the Detroit River, which connects Lake Saint Clair (east) to Lake Erie (south), Detroit is Michigan’s largest city. In this scene, the blue-gray cluster of pixels shows the greater Detroit area. East of Lake Saint Clair and north of Lake Erie lies the southernmost corner of Canada’s Ontario province. Windsor, Ontario, is the cluster of blue-gray pixels that sits just across the river from Detroit. The dark greens to the northwest are heavily vegetated land...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- France, Where -- Michigan
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NASA Images
by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite captured this stunning view of Japan’ four largest islands on February 20, 2004. The snow-covered southern arm of Hokkaido extends into the upper left corner. Honshu, Japan’s largest island, curves across...
Topic: Where -- Japan
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This is an image of the area around the city of Angkor, Cambodia. The city houses an ancient complex of more than 60 temples dating back to the 9th century. The principal complex, Angkor Wat, is the bright square just left of the center of the image. It is surrounded by a reservoir that appears in this image as a thick black line. The larger bright square above Angkor Wat is another temple complex called Angkor Thom. Archeologists studying this image believe the blue- purple area slightly north...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
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by NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the University of Maryland’s
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Covering 6,641 square kilometers (2,564 square miles), Banff National Park lies on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. Banff was the first national park declared in Canada, and the third national park in the world. The park’s origin lies in an accidental discovery of a cave containing hot springs in 1883. The park began as a 26-square-kilometer hot springs preserve.The Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) instrument on NASA’s Landsat satellite captured this...
Topics: What -- Discovery, What -- Landsat, Where -- Canada
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by NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the University of Maryland’s .
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On Easter Sunday in 1722, a Dutch explorer sailing in the vast and nearly landless waters of the South Pacific Ocean came upon a small island, alone in more than 8.5 million square miles of sea. In honor of the religious holiday, the explorer, Jacob Roggevee, called the lonely spot Easter Island. Today, the native people call the island Rapa Nui, but the oldest known name appears to be Te Pito o Te Henua, or “The Center (or Navel) of the World.”When the Dutch sailors arrived, the isolated...
Topics: What -- Explorer, What -- Crater, What -- Rana, What -- GOES-O, What -- Discovery, Where -- Pacific...
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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For almost 2,000 years, the River Thames has served as the life force of London, capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s most famous cities. In AD 43 the Romans established the trading settlement of Londinium at a favorable crossing point on the river. The Romans remained until the 5th century, when the city came under Saxon control. The early 17th century saw enormous growth, but the deadly plague of 1664 and 1665 ravaged the population, and in the following year the Great Fire,...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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This MODIS image shows the country of South Africa. One of the most prominent features is the Cape of Good Hope, which is the little hook of land jutting out from the southern edge of South Africa, right in the center of the image. The Cape was first rounded by Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, who called it the Cape of Storms. It was later named the Cape of Good Hope by John II of Portugal; the first rounding of the Cape was a major step for Europeans looking for a trade route to...
Topics: Where -- South Africa, Where -- Portugal
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20839
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Atlas Mountains form a barrier between Morocco’s green coastal zone and the northwestern edge of the vast Sahara Desert. This strikingly clear image of northern Morocco was acquired on January 21, 2004, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/">Aqua</a> satellite. Along the shore, sediment colors the waters of...
Topics: What -- Atlas, Where -- Morocco, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Algeria
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by Image copyright
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It takes a view from above to appreciate the giant designs the ancient Nazca people carved into the Peruvian desert. This view from the Ikonos satellite reveals a giant spiral, a spider, and perfectly straight lines that stretch for kilometers across the desert. The Nazca created these geoglyphs between 200 BCE and AD 600 by clearing away the dark red top soil and stone, leaving the pale underlying soil exposed. Since the plain where the lines are carved receives little rain or wind, the lines...
Topics: What -- Discovery, Where -- Peru
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by Image courtesy Reto Stockli, Brian Montgomery, and Robert Simmon, based on data from the
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This true-color image of Mexico was acquired by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft. In areal extent, Mexico is the third largest country on the continent of North America (not counting Greenland, which is a province of Denmark), comprised of almost 2 million square kilometers (756,000 square miles) of land. Home to roughly 100 million people, Mexico is second only to the United States in population, making it the world's largest...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Mexico City, Where -- Greenland, Where -- Denmark, Where -- United States...
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by Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch
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The Dasht-e Kevir, or Great Salt Desert, is the largest desert in Iran. It is primarily uninhabited wasteland, composed of mud and salt marshes covered with crusts of salt that protect the meager moisture from completely evaporating.This image was acquired by <a HREF="http://landsat7.usgs.gov/">Landsat 7’s</a> Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on October 24, 2000. This is a false-color composite image made using infrared, green, and red...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Iran
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by NASA JPL
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This is a radar image of a region in northern Sudan called the Keraf Suture that reveals newly discovered geologic features buried beneath layers of sand. This discovery is being used to guide field studies of the region and has opened up new perspectives on old problems, such as what controls the course of the Nile, a question that has perplexed geologists for centuries. The Nile is the yellowish/green line that runs from the top to the bottom of the image. A small town, Abu Dis, can be seen...
Topics: What -- Discovery, What -- Landsat, What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle...
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by Image courtesy Brian Montgomery, NASA GSFC; data by Paul Lowman and Jacob Yates, NASA GSFC
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This tectonic relief map of the north pole is the result of new satellite-based technologies which are being used to analyze tectonic activity in the Earth's crust. These maps, known as Digital Tectonic Activity Maps (DTAMs), synoptically depict the architecture of the Earth's crust including current and past tectonic activity. This is significant because it permits researchers to view broad zones of activity over the entire surface of the Earth, rather than focusing on single boundary...
Topic: What -- Earth
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, Jim Knighton () of Clear Light Image Products produced the image mosaic. Please note that the image shown here is at a pixel resolution of approximately 1.1 kilometers, but a more detailed version at a resolution of 278 meters is available from the producer. Text by Clare Averill (Raytheon ITSS / Jet Propulsion Laboratory).
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This natural-color satellite image shows the meeting place of Earth's second largest and second smallest continents: Africa and Europe. This image is a mosaic of numerous images captured throughout 2000-02 by the vertical-viewing (nadir) camera on the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) on NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite.From the northeast (upper right), the image traverses a portion of the...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- Atlas, What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- The Valley, Where -- France,...
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by Image processing by Robert Simmon. Data copyright Space Imaging
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Ancient Troy was once a mythical city, known only through the text of Homer’s <i>Iliad.</i> In 1870, however, the German archeologist Heinrich Schlieman discovered the ruins of Troy (and several cities above and beneath it) in northwest Turkey. He located the city by scrutinizing the text of the <i>Iliad,</i> and laboriously exploring the area on foot.Modern scientists and archeologists use high technology such as satellite imagery to...
Topic: Where -- Turkey
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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Malta, an independent republic, consists of a small group of islands—Malta, Gozo, Kemmuna, Kemmunett, and Filfla—located in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, with a total area of 316 square kilometers. The capital and leading port of the country is Valletta, which appears as a gray patch around the two deep inlets on Malta’s northern coastline. About 400,000 people live on this island nation. The islands of Malta consist of low-lying coralline limestone plateaus surrounded by...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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NASA Images
by NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courstesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.
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The ancient city of Angkor sat at the center of the once powerful Khmer Empire of Southeast Asia. Located north of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, the capital city flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries. The royal family abandoned the city in the 15th century, and the city was swallowed by the surrounding jungle, though never entirely abandoned. Now a World Heritage Site, the ruins of the ancient city cover some 400 square kilometers. Angkor has been called one of the most important...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- Earth, Where --...
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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On May 22, 2002, Svalbard, Norway, tucked inside the Arctic Circle, was showing no signs of spring on land, while in the Barents Sea, ice had begun retreating from the western coastline. This series of images shows the thawing of the sea ice around Svalbard, and also shows snow retreating from the landscape. Patches of brown are showing through, especially along fjords and inlets. Some images show blooms of marine plants called phytoplankton, which create colorful blue and green patterns on the...
Topics: Where -- Svalbard, Where -- Norway, Where -- Barents Sea, Where -- Arctic Ocean
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow remains on some of the mountains on Honshu (bottom) and Hokkaido (center), Japan, in this true-color MODIS image from April 29, 2002. At the bottom of the image, white streaks mark the passage of airplanes to and from Tokyo. To the north, Russia9s Sakhalin Island appears to be experiencing several fires (red dots). v Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 4/29/02.
Topics: Where -- Japan, Where -- Tokyo
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NASA Images
by Astronaut photograph was acquired April 7, 2005, with a Kodak 760C digital camera with a 400 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, translates as “Elephant’s Trunk.” The name describes the shape of the Nile where the Blue and the White Nile Rivers unite to form the single Nile River that flows northward into Egypt. This image shows the rivers near the end of the dry season.The White Nile (western branch) runs through Sudan from Uganda. The White Nile originates in equatorial regions, where rainfall occurs throughout the year; as a result, it runs at a nearly constant rate throughout...
Topics: Where -- Khartoum, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Sudan, Where -- Uganda
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by Astronaut photograph was taken July 29, 2003 with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800mm lens and provided by Cynthia A. Evans (Lockheed Martin / Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center). The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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high-resolution 1000 pixel-wide image (1.1 MB JPEG) It was Texas hot when this view of the capital city of Austin was taken in late July by astronaut Ed Lu. Adding to the rising temperatures were heated debates in the Texas Capitol Building, where a special session had convened. Eleven senate Democrats thwarted a redistricting vote by disappearing from the state. Were Lu, and his Expedition 7 partner Yuri Malenchenko looking for the missing Democrats? We’ll never know, but they expanded their...
Topics: Who -- Yuri Malenchenko, What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Texas,...
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Scattered fires were burning in Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, and Lebanon on September 21, 2002. The fires, marked in red, are fairly small, and none show smoke plumes at the 1-kilometer, 500-meter, or 250-meter resolutions. Most of the fires are scattered throughout Turkey, with concentrations in the Adana region (lower middle right) and south of the dry Tuz GC6lC < lakebed (the white spot in central Turkey).To the north of Turkey is the Black Sea. Swirling within its waters are blooms of...
Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- Turkey, Where -- Cyprus, Where -- Syria, Where -- Lebanon, Where -- Black...
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NASA Images
by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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On May 22, 2002, Svalbard, Norway, tucked inside the Arctic Circle, was showing no signs of spring on land, while in the Barents Sea, ice had begun retreating from the western coastline. This series of images shows the thawing of the sea ice around Svalbard, and also shows snow retreating from the landscape. Patches of brown are showing through, especially along fjords and inlets. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 5/22/02. Data End Date: 5/22/02.
Topics: Where -- Svalbard, Where -- Norway, Where -- Barents Sea, Where -- Arctic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3391
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The skies above Greece are exceptionally clear in this true-color Terra MODIS image acquired August 3, 2002, and thewaters of the Mediterranean Sea shine silver and blue. Modern-day Greece is a nation of many islands, but in ancient times, Greece was a looseconfederation of city-states that usually only came together as a whole to defend themselves from invaders. But what ancient Greece was most noted forwas being the root of Western philosophy. Socrates, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle,...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Greece, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Athens, Where -- Albania,...
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